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Detroit at the Jungle Theater

Detroit at the Jungle Theater

A friendly backyard barbeque with the neighbors builds to the frayed edges of an absurd but frighteningly believable premise in the Jungle Theater’s production of “Detroit” by Lisa D’Amour. You just won’t believe what happens and it’s not what you think. Suburbia is crumbling, with each house a little pressure cooker of circumstances that...
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Driving Miss Daisy at the Jungle Theater

Driving Miss Daisy at the Jungle Theater

Wendy Lehr is in this play!  James Craven!  Holy moley! Why can’t live theater generate Twins-like, Vikings-esque excitement?  Certainly, seeing artists of the caliber of Lehr and Craven bring a play to life is at least as exciting as watching Joe Maurer go 0-for-4, or contemplating Adrian Peterson as he snares poorly thrown passes...
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“Fool for Love” at The Jungle Theater

“Fool for Love” at The Jungle Theater

What? You’ve never seen a performance of “Fool for Love?” Well, neither had I, to be honest, and I was so pleased that The Jungle Theater chose it to open their season. If you are even mildly interested in classic, modern American theater, you must see this play, and you really should see it...
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URINETOWN at The Jungle Theater

URINETOWN at The Jungle Theater

The Jungle Theater‘s delightful, exuberant production of Urinetown is occasionally hoisted on its own humorous petard.  The show first premiered in New York over a decade ago—its brand of insider humor—commenting on the cheesy musical even as it presents us with, well, a cheesy musical—has infected our entire culture, from television comedies to blog...
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Deathtrap at the Jungle Theater

Deathtrap at the Jungle Theater

“Do you have any idea how much,” Sidney Bruhl rhapsodizes in Deathtrap (at the Jungle, through May 19), “a play like that is worth in today’s market?  Two million dollars!” Is it really possible?  That a combination of glib theatrics, rapier-thin characters, twisty thrilleresque plotting and nasty comedy could transform an innocent dramatist into...
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Venus In Fur at the Jungle Theater

Venus In Fur at the Jungle Theater

It’s a dark and stormy night.  Working in a rented and calculatedly funky New York City rehearsal studio, director slash playwright slash occasional actor Thomas is ending a long day of auditions for his adaptation of the obscure German novel Venus Im Pelz by Leopold von Sacher-Masoch.  Thomas phones his girlfriend Stacy and vents:...
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Waiting For Godot at the Jungle Theater

Waiting For Godot at the Jungle Theater

Lord preserve Samuel Beckett (and Harold Pinter, and Eugene Ionesco and Edward Albee, et al) from the predations of literary theorists who have declared him “important,” a practitioner of something called, airily, “theater of the absurd,” a playwright with deep philosophical leanings.  This is nonsense.  Beckett was not in the “significance” business; he created...
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Noises Off at the Jungle Theater

Noises Off at the Jungle Theater

Are you ready for a mop-your-eyes-and-try-to-catch-your-breath laugh? The Jungle Theater plans a summer run of Noises Off by Michael Frayn, which is easily the funniest farce I’ve ever seen. I first knew about the play when I read it on a plane, laughing out loud and getting a few looks from the other passengers,...
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Dial M for Murder at the Jungle Theater

Dial M for Murder at the Jungle Theater

Welcome back to the days of civilized murder and mayhem, done with style by people who wear dinner jackets and sip brandy in an elegant gold-toned living room. This is the world recreated at the Jungle Theater for Frederick Knott’s 1952 Broadway hit, Dial M for Murder, a classy production and wonderfully satisfying evening...
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Hamlet at the Jungle Theater

Hamlet at the Jungle Theater

Hamlet (at the Jungle Theater, through Oct 9) is the greatest play ever written.  William Shakespeare‘s sinuous exploration of (in no particular order) revenge, love, ambition, power, madness, violence, suicide, lust, agonizing passivity, aristocratic privilege represents, along with the Sistine Chapel, the Taj Mahal, the pyramids of Giza and the 9th Symphony, a truly...
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